Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The power of prayer

Do you believe in an interventionist god? One who actually meddles in our universe, bending the laws of nature, like an invisible Superman? If not, then Jesus, Mohamed, Old Testament magic are all stories. Hard to have conventional religious faith without the interventionist god.

On the other hand, if you do believe in it all, and miracles, and the like, why not just pray your cancer away? If prayer can help cure your cancer, a little, why can't it go the whole way? If god can do some of it, he can do all of it, right?

Well, tragically there are some small minds out there suffering from the hobgoblin of foolish consistency: This pilot decided to pray instead of prepping the plane for crash landing. I'm amazed by his faith. But I suppose he believes in an interventionist god.

Religion: helping you die while the pilot asks his imaginary friend to take the controls.